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Everett High School’s Shukurani Ndayiragije is a contender to win all three jumping events at the Class 3A state boys track and field meet. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Power rankings: Who has the best shot at prep state titles?

Ranking the local athletes and teams who have the best chance during this weekend’s state events.

 

Defenseman Landon DuPont, who the Everett Silvertips selected first overall in Thursday’s WHL prospects draft, is considered a generational talent. (Photo courtesy of the WHL)

Patterson: Tips fans, get ready for the Landon DuPont show

Everett is getting a generational talent who will make nights at Angel of the Winds Arena must-see viewing.

 

Steelhead team president Dorian Lair acts as the announcer during a game between the Snohomish County Steelheads and Oly-Pen Force at Arena Sports in Mill Creek, Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Patterson: Steelheads have next-level vision for soccer in Snohomish County

Snohomish County FC and majority owner Dorian Lair want to bring a USL League Two team to the community.

 

Silvertips’ Carter Bear (11) reacts to a goal during a game between the Everett Silvertips and Tri-City Americans at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. The Silvertips won, 5-3. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Patterson: Red-hot Silvertips are feeling the positive vibes

Everett’s recent run of success has the team looking like its ready to contend atop the Western Conference.

Silvertips’ Carter Bear (11) reacts to a goal during a game between the Everett Silvertips and Tri-City Americans at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. The Silvertips won, 5-3. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Silvertips’ Tarin Smith (24) moves with the puck during a game between the Everett Silvertips and Victoria Royals at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. The Silvertips won, 5-3. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Patterson: Silvertips should go all-in at WHL trade deadline

Everett’s ability to contend seemed implausible entering the season, but now there’s plenty of reasons for the team to make a splash.

Silvertips’ Tarin Smith (24) moves with the puck during a game between the Everett Silvertips and Victoria Royals at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. The Silvertips won, 5-3. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Lake Stevens head coach Tom Tri hugs quarterback Kolton Matson after the Vikings’ victory against Graham-Kapowsin in the WIAA 4A Football State Championship on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens head coach Tom Tri hugs quarterback Kolton Matson after the Vikings’ victory against Graham-Kapowsin in the WIAA 4A Football State Championship on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Al Kinisky (right), a former Everett Silvertips color commentator, is joining the Seattle Kraken broadcast on Sports Radio KJR. (Photo courtesy of Everett Silvertips)

‘Bring on the funnel cakes!’ hockey fans, a familiar voice joins Kraken crew

Al Kinisky, the color commentator for the Silvertips radio broadcast for a decade, has a new gig calling Seattle Kraken games for Sports Radio KJR.

Al Kinisky (right), a former Everett Silvertips color commentator, is joining the Seattle Kraken broadcast on Sports Radio KJR. (Photo courtesy of Everett Silvertips)
Silvertips head coach Kevin Constantine leads the team off the ice after falling to the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3 in game 2 of the second round of the playoffs Saturday night at Xfinity Arena on April 8, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Patterson: Ex-Silvertips coach stepped over line, ruined WHL legacy

Kevin Constantine, now Wenatchee’s coach, was suspended indefinitely for ‘making derogatory comments of a discriminatory nature.’

Silvertips head coach Kevin Constantine leads the team off the ice after falling to the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3 in game 2 of the second round of the playoffs Saturday night at Xfinity Arena on April 8, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Angel of the Winds Arena stands ready and waiting Friday afternoon for Kraken fans to arrive for the preseason game against the Edmondton Oilers. (Jake Goldstein-Street / The Herald)

Patterson: After past fails, can arena football thrive in Everett?

The turbulent past of arena football in the city stems from the opening of the Everett Events Center, now Angel of the Winds Arena, in 2003.

Angel of the Winds Arena stands ready and waiting Friday afternoon for Kraken fans to arrive for the preseason game against the Edmondton Oilers. (Jake Goldstein-Street / The Herald)
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi celebrates after his goal against the New York Red Bulls during an MLS soccer match at Red Bull Arena, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

How an Everett icon helped change U.S. soccer forever

Cascade alum Chris Henderson, Inter Miami’s chief soccer officer and sporting director, played a part in bringing megastar Lionel Messi to the U.S.

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi celebrates after his goal against the New York Red Bulls during an MLS soccer match at Red Bull Arena, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
Silvertips goalie Carter Hart makes a save as the Everett Silvertips took on the Spokane Chiefs at Angel of the Winds Arena on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Patterson: Top 20 Silvertips over franchise’s first 20 seasons

As Everett opens preparations for another season this week, here’s Nick Patterson’s list of the top 20 players in franchise history.

Silvertips goalie Carter Hart makes a save as the Everett Silvertips took on the Spokane Chiefs at Angel of the Winds Arena on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Everett Merchants manager and Snohomish County Sports Hall of Famer Harold Pyatte, right, laughs with former players during a game at Funk Field in Everett, Washington on Friday, July 28, 2023. This was Pyatte’s final game after 50 years as a baseball coach. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

‘A legend’: Pyatte steps down after 50 years managing Merchants

Patterson: The Snohomish County Sports Hall of Famer and 1961 Marysville H.S. alum is the living embodiment of Merchants baseball.

Everett Merchants manager and Snohomish County Sports Hall of Famer Harold Pyatte, right, laughs with former players during a game at Funk Field in Everett, Washington on Friday, July 28, 2023. This was Pyatte’s final game after 50 years as a baseball coach. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Mary Jane Patterson, mother of Herald sports reporter Nick Patterson, serves a ball while playing on a pickleball team with her son on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at Volli in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Patterson: Pickleball mania continues to boom in Snohomish County

More and more courts dedicated to the sport are popping up across the area, including the new indoor facility VOLLI in Marysville.

Mary Jane Patterson, mother of Herald sports reporter Nick Patterson, serves a ball while playing on a pickleball team with her son on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at Volli in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Dave's and Nick's view from the nosebleed seats at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Patterson: All-Star Game was special for Seattle — and for me

Being a fan, not a grumpy sportswriter, at a momentous event was a precious experience.

Dave's and Nick's view from the nosebleed seats at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
SASKATOON,SK--MARCH 22/2019-0323 Sports Blades- Saskatoon Blad4es head coach Mitch Love looks on as his team takes on the Moose Jaw Warriors during first period WHL playoff action at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK on Friday, March 22, 2019. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Liam Richards)

Patterson: Silvertips icon Mitch Love’s long journey reaches NHL

The first face of the franchise never made the show as a player, but he’s now getting his chance as a coach with the Washington Capitals.

SASKATOON,SK--MARCH 22/2019-0323 Sports Blades- Saskatoon Blad4es head coach Mitch Love looks on as his team takes on the Moose Jaw Warriors during first period WHL playoff action at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK on Friday, March 22, 2019. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Liam Richards)
Seattle Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn (29) and Dallas Stars' Wyatt Johnston (53) compete for control of the puck in the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 4, 2023, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Patterson: Kraken trying to prove depth trumps star power

The Stanley Cup playoffs are supposed to be about the stars, not a team like Seattle. Yet, here they are, in a battle in Round 2.

Seattle Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn (29) and Dallas Stars' Wyatt Johnston (53) compete for control of the puck in the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 4, 2023, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Back row followed by front row left to right, Mac Sheridan, 70, John White, 66, Richard Smith, 74, Jim Dodge, 67, Nome McCaffrey, 57, Steve Powell, 66, Bill Roy, 76, and Sal Fonceca, 74, pose for a photo after one of their regular pick-up game of basketball at the Marysville YMCA in Marysville, Washington, on Monday, March 13, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Team players: Pick-up basketball tradition bonds players off the court

Same group of players gathers twice weekly at Marysville YMCA to show age is no obstacle

Back row followed by front row left to right, Mac Sheridan, 70, John White, 66, Richard Smith, 74, Jim Dodge, 67, Nome McCaffrey, 57, Steve Powell, 66, Bill Roy, 76, and Sal Fonceca, 74, pose for a photo after one of their regular pick-up game of basketball at the Marysville YMCA in Marysville, Washington, on Monday, March 13, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Silvertips winger Jackson Berezowski puts his helmet back on mid-play during a game against Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Patterson: Berezowski has more valuable trait than scoring goals

The Silvertips’ new goal-scoring king’s legacy when he leaves Everett will be his leadership on and off the ice.

Silvertips winger Jackson Berezowski puts his helmet back on mid-play during a game against Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge. (Brian Liesse / Seattle Thunderbirds)

Patterson: Former Tips scout has built a superteam in Seattle

T-birds GM Bil La Forge, who spent a decade in Everett, has embarked on a spending spree unlike anything ever seen in the WHL.

Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge. (Brian Liesse / Seattle Thunderbirds)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, left, celebrate his touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett during an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Derick Hingle)

Patterson: Grading the Seahawks’ 2022 season

Offseason moves signaled a rebuild, but journeyman QB Geno Smith emerged as a star and led a young Seattle squad to a stunning run to the playoffs.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, left, celebrate his touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett during an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Derick Hingle)